RN Survey Summary

In Wisconsin, Registered Nurses (RNs) are required to complete a survey when renewing their license. This 2012 summary unveils the characteristics of the 78,159 RN’s in the state. The information reported provides invaluable insight into Wisconsin’s registered nurses, who represent the single largest group of health care workers in the state. This information, selected with input from a data collaborative including DWD, Wisconsin Center for Nursing, Department of Safety and Professional Services, as well as other affiliated health care associations, highlights the issues and concerns of a wide range of institutions in the health care delivery system. For questions about this survey, check out the Nurse's Survey FAQs

General Information

  Total Valid
Online Survey
Respondents
% of Applicable
Respondents
Total Survey Response n = 81,187* 78,159 100%
     
Gender (n = 78,159)    
Female 72,768 93.1
Male 5,391 6.9
Race/Ethnicity (n = 78,159)    
White 73,108 93.5
Black/African American 1,584 2.0
Hispanic 1,127 1.4
Other 2,340 3.0
Age Distribution (n = 78,159)    
Less than 25 1,169 1.5
25-34 15,323 19.6
35-44 15,802 20.2
45-54 19,913 25.5
55-64 20,292 25.9
65 and older 5,660 7.3
Highest Degree Held in Nursing (n = 78,036)    
Nursing Diploma 7,433 9.5
Associate 28,402 36.4
Bachelor 34,175 43.8
Master 7,543 9.7
Doctorate of Nursing Practice 174 0.2
Doctorate of Nursing Science or Nursing Doctorate (DNSc, DSN, ND or DN) 28 0.0
PhD 281 0.4
*Online responses = 78,159; Paper responses = 3,028
Data Source: Labor Market Information, Department of Workforce Development, 2012

Registered Nurses in Focus

WORKFORCE INFORMATION
    Total Valid
Online Survey
Respondents
% of Applicable
Respondents
Employment Status (n=78,159)      
Actively working as a nurse   65,596 83.9
Actively working in health care, not nursing   2,455 3.1
Actively working in another field   1,391 1.8
Unemployed, seeking work in nursing   1,826 2.3
Unemployed, seeking work in another field   197 0.3
Unemployed, not seeking work   2,401 3.1
Retired   4,293 5.5
Age 55 & Over by Work Setting (28.4%) Avg. Age (yrs) 55 & Over
Academic Education 53 701 48.0
Ambulatory Care 48 3,630 31.3
Home Health 48 1,277 33.5
Hospital 43 7,842 22.7
Nursing Home/Extended Care 47 2,155 31.5
Public/Community Health 50 1,006 39.0
Other 51 2,232 41.0
CHARACTERISTICS of RN’S in the WISCONSIN LABOR MARKET
  Total Valid
Online Survey
Respondents
% of Applicable
Respondents
Registered Nurse Workforce (n=78,159)    
Working in Healthcare 68,051 87.1
Working in Healthcare in Wisconsin 58,938 83.9
Primary Place of Work (n=59,470)    
Academic Education 1,273 2.1
Ambulatory Care 10,308 17.3
Home Health 3,380 5.7
Hospital 31,856 53.6
Nursing Home/Extended Care 6,380 10.7
Public/Community Health 2,289 3.8
Other 3,984 6.7
Nursing Positions at Primary Place of Work (n=59,470)    
Staff Nurse 38,701 65.1
Case Manager 3,977 6.7
Nurse Manager 4,604 7.7
Advanced Practice Nurse 3,552 6.0
Administrator 921 1.6
Nurse Executive 656 1.1
Nursing Faculty 1,228 2.1
Other 5,831 9.8
Plans to Leave Direct Patient Care (n = 49,896)    
Less than 2 years 2,952 5.9
2 - 4 years 6,450 12.9
5 - 9 years 11,122 22.3
10 or more years 29,372 58.9
Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) Workforce    
Additional education beyond RN to practice as APN (n = 78,159) 8,915 11.4
Certified as APN Prescriber (n = 4,766) 3,525 74.0
Working in Role Requiring an APN (n = 59,470) 3,604 6.1
Advanced Practice Nurses with Master's or Higher (n = 3,906)    
Nurse Practitioner 2,615 66.9
Clinical Nurse Specialist 534 13.7
Certified Nurse Midwife 149 3.8
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist 355 9.1
Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber 234 6.0
Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse 19 0.5
image: Registered Nurses by Age Graph

Technical Notes

The data reported in this publication reflect the results of a survey mandated under Chapter 106.30 of the Wisconsin Statutes for all registered nurses (RNs) in Wisconsin. The survey was conducted as an element in the biannual license renewal requirement for the year 2012. The mandate was communicated to nurses through numerous venues and organizations, as well as to employers.

Two forms of the Wisconsin 2012 RN Workforce Survey were utilized; an online version and a paper version. The responses from both formats totaled 81,187. Data summarized in this overview include only responses from the online survey (n= 78,159). This summary does not include responses from the paper survey (n= 3,028).

The 2012 survey instrument was constructed and processed by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, and reflects improvements in both the design and implementation over the first mandated survey in 2010. Members of the Wisconsin Health-care Workforce Data Collaborative, and experts from nursing organizations, contributed to the survey design. The survey was administered by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.

The survey encompasses multiple characteristics of the registered nurse workforce, and contains all data elements of the National Nursing Workforce Minimum Supply Dataset, as developed by The Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers www.nursingworkforcecenters.org

Detailed analysis of the Wisconsin 2012 RN Workforce Survey is being carried out by nurse researchers for the Wisconsin Center for Nursing. For complete reports and more information on the nursing workforce and nursing education in Wisconsin go to www.wicenterfornursing.org

On behalf of the Wisconsin Center for Nursing and the many partnerships involved with the design, implementation and analysis of the Wisconsin 2012 RN Workforce Survey, we wish to thank all who assisted with the survey, and the nurses of Wisconsin for completing it. The cooperation and dedication of all involved will aid policy makers and others in assuring a sufficient, competent and diverse nursing workforce for the people of Wisconsin.

Additional Information

For additional survey information, email Nelse Grundvig at anelse.grundvig@dwd.wisconsin.gov

To receive additional copies of this publication, send your request to:
info@wicenterfornursing.org



Last updated 10/08/2013

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